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"The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaining the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights"

Rittberger, Berthold and Schimmelfennig, Frank. (2005) "The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaining the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      Parliamentarization and the institutionalization of human rights are two processes of constitutionalization in the EU that constitute a puzzle for explanations inspired by both rationalist and constructivist institutionalism. We propose to analyze these processes as strategic action in a community environment: Community actors use the liberal democratic identity, values and norms that constitute the EU’s ethos strategically to put social and moral pressure on those community members that oppose the constitutionalization of the EU. Theoretically, this process will be most effective under conditions of high salience, legitimacy, publicity and resonance. In a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of the EU’s constitutional decisions from 1951 to 2004, we show salience to be the by far most relevant condition of constitutionalization in the EU.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Parliamentarization; constitutionalization; salience; legitimacy; publicity; resonance; Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).
      Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > human rights
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
      Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
      EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
      ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2005
      Page Range: p. 43
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:26
      URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3301

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